Latif Siddique acknowledges need to update telecom policy

Latif Siddique acknowledges need to update telecom policy

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Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Latif Siddique on Wednesday has said that the outdated telecom policy, which was enacted 18 years ago, will be brought in line to implement ‘Digital Bangladesh’.
“We have to overcome the loopholes regarding information technology in the policy through proper scrutiny. Make a proposal following discussion. Later it will be placed to the Prime Minister. After that a time-befitting policy will be enacted,” he said.
The minister said this while addressing a roundtable on the revision of the telecom policy, organized by Telecom Reporters Network Bangladesh (TRNB) at a city hotel in the city.Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose said “Investors want to know how government will work. So there is a need to bring change in the policy which has to be done now.”
Senior vice-president of Robi Mahmudur Rahman an Information Technology policy is required, separate from the Telecom policy. “The government has to take steps in this regard. The mobile phone operators will assist the government.”
Chief of Corporate Affairs of Grameenphone Mahmud Hossain warned against this urge for change overlooking what good aspects there are, in the existing policy. “We have to be conscious in framing the new policy so that the good sides of the existing policy aren’t left out,” he said.
Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs of Airtel Fazle Khoda said the updated policy could cover areas the current policy ignores completely, such as “the use of telecom sector in agriculture, health and education sector”.
Banglalink senior director Jakiul Islam and telecommunication specialist Abu Sayeed Khan, among others, addressed the roundtable, held with TRNB president Abdullah Mamun in the chair.
Chairman of Learn Asia Rohan Samarajiva presented key note paper while TRNB general secretary Zahidul Islam moderated the programme. – UNB

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